September 17, 2007

 

German pig and cattle feed production rises while chicken falls 

 

 

German pig and cattle feed production grew for 2006/2007 while poultry feed production continued its downward slide for 2006/07.

 

Overall animal feed production in Germany rose by 3.6 percent to reach 20.69 million tonnes, according to data from the German Feed Millers Association DVT.

 

The increase was chiefly attributed to an increase in pig and cattle feed production, the centre said.

 

Cattle feed production rose 4.8 percent to 6.2 million tonnes while pig feed production grew 7.5 percent to 8.4 million tonnes.

 

While the increase in feed production can be explained by the expansion of the pig population, the same cannot be said for the increase in cattle feed as the German cattle herd actually shrunk compared to the previous year.

 

DVT suggests the higher feed output was due to a poor roughage harvest in 2006 which forced farmers to feed more compound cattle feed. An improved milk market also meant farmers were able to afford better feeds for their herd.

 

Meanwhile, poultry feed production continued its downward slide for the last few years, with layer feed production down 1.7 percent to 2.2 million tonnes while broiler feed was down 3.2 percent to 3 million tonnes compared to the previous year.

 

Despite increased feed production, rising prices for cereals as a result of competition for grains with the biofuel industry have pressured margins, the DVT said.